Wednesday, June 12, 2019

June 7, 2019 Meet Notes

The second half of the evening featured session tunes.
Summer is in full swing in Bloomington, Indiana, and that means the Bloomington Pipers' Society is outside on the patio of the Runcible Spoon! Five musicians - one piper, one chanter learner, two drummers, and a guitarist came out, alongside some enthusiastic audience members to enjoy some tunes on a lovely sunny day in the low-80s. All in all, 8 diners watched, while folks inside listened, and passerbys hung around throughout the night to listen to some pipes, drums, and guitar.

In the first part of the evening piper Angus broke out the big pipes and played a few sets spaced out across the first hour - mainly upbeat dance tunes, but also tunes including "Hector the Hero" and a set of 4/4 Marches for a visitor on a trip through Bloomington from Portland, Oregon to New York City. Bodhran players Jeanie and Lois accompanied Angus on all sets on the big pipes. Angus and Joe demonstrated the practice chanter to some curious guests. Closing out for the last half hour of music, all performers played together on smallpipes and other instruments while guests had dinner.

The next Pub Night will be held on July 12, 2019 at 6PM. They are held until 8PM. Some full sized drums may be in attendance, along with pipers. The evening will be mostly the same format - bigger and louder instruments early on, and winding down to smallpipes and session instruments later in the evening.

If you're a piper and interested in coming out, take a look at our set tunes list for suggested tunes to bring to play along!

Friday, June 7, 2019

June 7 Pub Night at the Runcible Spoon!

The evening of June 7 is our June Pub Night!

Come by the Runcible Spoon at 6PM for some bagpipe music, food and drink, and fun people.

The Bloomington Pipers' Society Pub Nights are for pipers looking to play some music together, session musicians interested in Scottish music, non-players interested in learning, and public audiences who want something a bit different to do on a Friday night!

If you are a piper, email us at for our set tunes list.

Monday, March 11, 2019

March 8, 2019 Meet Report

Seven days ahead of St. Patrick's Day, the Bloomington Pipers' Society rolled out another of its monthly Pub Nights at the Runcible Spoon Restaurant. The weather is beginning to warm up in Southern Indiana, but still not quite suitable for the big pipes, so we were inside on smallpipes and other instruments for a bit of Scottish sessioning.

On this particular pub night, we were joined by seven musicians - three pipers, two chanter learners, a guitarist, and a fiddler. All told, thirty people came out to have a drink, eat some food, and listen to some Scottish tunes.

The BPS Set Tunes list is beginning to see some use at the gatherings as folks work those tunes up to performing level, this month featured some of the jigs on the list. Chanter learner Joe got the chance to play on a goose pipe (just the bag, blowpipe, and chanter) along with Marc and Angus on a run of Auld Lang Syne - his first performance of a tune in public.

The next Pub Night will be held on April 12, 2019 at the Runcible Spoon from 6:00PM to 8:00PM. If weather serves well, there may be some tunes on the big pipes on the patio early in the session. If not, it'll be once again on the smallpipes indoors!

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

March 8 Pub Night at the Runcible Spoon!

One week before St Patrick's Day, we're hosting our March Pipers' Society Pub Night! The weather looks to be poor on Friday, so we'll be inside on smallpipes and other session instruments. Come on out for a great time!

We'll be starting at 6:00PM and will go until 8PM.

We have a set list for musicians as a general guide, but it by no means is meant to restrict what music folks can play. Send us an email at for copies!

Thursday, January 24, 2019

February 8 Pub Night at the Runcible Spoon!

Come out to the Runcible Spoon in Bloomington, Indiana for a night of Scottish sessioning! Due to the cold temperatures of winter, we'll be inside on the quieter smallpipes. If you've got smallpipes, come out and join us, and if you have other instruments bring them along and join us! If you don't have any instruments, just come on out for some good food, drink, and company.

Festivities start at 6:00PM and will run until 8PM.

Pipers, the session set list is below. For settings, please email

Amazing Grace
Skye Boat Song
Highland Laddie
Barren Rocks of Aden
High Road to Gairloch
Mairi's Wedding
Green Hills of Tyrol
Battle's O'er
Scotland the Brave
Rowan Tree
Bonnie Dundee
Glendaruel Highlanders
Battle of the Somme
Heights of Dargai
Paddy's Leather Breeches
Glasgow City Police Pipers
Paddy Be Easy
Loudon's Bonnie Woods & Braes
Aspen Bank
The Piper of Drummond
Jock Wilson's Ball